Bryson DeShambeau returns to defend title



DETROIT – The course for the Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA Tour at Detroit Golf Club was announced on Friday for the third year of the tournament, which will feature some of the loudest golfers.

Bryson DeShambeau will return to defend his title, and reigning PGA championship winner Phil Mickelson will make his tournament debut and play in his first PGA Tour event in Michigan since 2002, when he won a match at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc.

Reigning Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama will also feature 156 players in his third straight performance at Rocket.

The tournament features only two players from the top 10 of the official world golf rankings – DeShambeau in 6th and Patrick Reed in 9th – but it includes 13 past major champions.

In addition to DeShambaugh, Mickelson, Matsuyama and Reed, other champions in this area are Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jason Duffner, Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Danny Willett and Gary Woodland.

Former University of Auckland golfer Brian Steward returns for a third time after finishing top 30 in each of the first two tournaments. Former Michigan golfer Ryan Brehm also plays in the area.

Former Flint Golf Pro, 63-year-old Jeff Roth is the Michigan PGA Champion. Flint native Willie Mac III will play without sponsorship.

Fans were allowed to return after COVID-19 protocols stopped them last year. The tournament kicks off in earnest on Tuesday with a charity fight featuring Barry Sanders and Tom Izzo, followed by professional and tournament rounds Thursday through Sunday.


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